Over the past month or so, Lewes Ladies have signed no fewer than four players with international backgrounds.
Because some of them are only short-term signings, if you want to see them all in action with the Rookettes, you’ll need to be at the Dripping Pan this Sunday when Lewes take on Reading FC Women in Round Two of the FA Women’s Cup (kick-off 1pm).
Natalie Ross came on loan from Celtic. The Scottish club has a mid-winter break from playing. She initially joined Lewes for one month but now it has been agreed she will stay with the Rookettes until the end of January. A Scottish international, Natalie is accompanied by another Celtic loan player, Hayley Cunningham. Hayley has also played for Scotland at Under-17 and Under-19 levels.
Jodie Botterill (pictured above, by James Boyes) is also newcomer. Jodie joined Lewes having just completed a ‘pro’ contract playing for Aland Utd in Finland. Although she hails from Jersey, Jodie recently qualified as a full international with Wales.
Lewes coach Dave Cole’s daughter, Naomi, has, of course, featured in the England squad on several occasions.
She has been delighted to welcome Natalie Ross to the ranks of the Rookettes: the two of them were one-time team mates at Arsenal Ladies.
Finally, there is Ashleigh Goddard. She first caught the attention of the world of ladies football when she was a winner in the Wayne Rooney Street Striker TV competition.
Her prize included tickets to the 2010 World Cup Final in South Africa. Ashleigh graduated as a player through the Arsenal Academy and has also played for England.
Having won promotion last year when they swept all before them, Lewes Ladies have been playing at a much higher level this season. Results have reflected the higher standard, which is why coach Cole and manager Jacquie Agnew have been keen to bring in the loan players. Sunday will be a stern test but with so much international talent on display it should certainly be an entertaining match with plenty of goals.
Admission is £3 for adults and free for youngsters.
Meanwhile, the result of the (men’s 1st XI) Thurrock game was not what we wanted but at least 10 Lewes fans went home with a dash of festive season cheer as winners in the Lewes Football Club Grand Christmas Draw.
The draw was held at half time in a crowded Rook Inn.
Supporters Club treasurer Derrick Parris drew the first two tickets that saw the £250 cash first prize go to Josh Rayner (1851) and second prize of £100 to Garry Clark (2800).
As it happened, Josh was on hand to witness the draw and was understandably delighted at his good fortune. The next two prizes were meal vouchers valid at Ask Italian and the King’s Head. That keen Lewes fan Dave Come Dine With Me Lamb kindly drew the tickets that saw the prizes go respectively to Ron Moore (0205) and Heather Sandalls (1847).
The final six prizes, which included champagne and whisky, were won by Jane Mann (1971), Mark Cornford (0233), Becky Simmonds (1828), C Medhurst (0816), Paul Lassmann (1085) and Mark Parris (0252).